Some interesting facts about Easter
1. Easter weekend is the oldest, and most important, Christian holiday.
You might assume it's Christmas that is the oldest, but it's actually Easter. To understand its impact, keep in mind that very early Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ every single Sunday, until they decided to dedicate a full, annual day to Him.
2. Easter falls on a different day every year due to the Vernal Equinox
Every year Easter falls on a different day, unlike Christmas which is always celebrated on 25 December. Christ’s death coincides with the Jewish Passover, which is celebrated during the first full moon after the vernal equinox. The rule was set for the Christian church by the Council of Nicaea, stating that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.
The Bible says, when Christ came back to life he didn’t come alone. In Matthew 27:52-54 the Bible says, “and the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely He was the son of God”
Living a new victorious life after the resurrection of Christ
a) Christ’s resurrection also resurrected saints who were dead at the time according to Matthew 27:52-53.
· The graves were first opened – all the locked doors in your life will be opened, in the mighty name of Jesus.
· Many bodies of saints which slept arose – arise and shine for the glory of God has come upon you. Isaiah 60:1-3 "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn
· I pray that light may shine upon your life and there shall be no darkness in any part of your life, in the mighty name of Jesus.
· The saints went into the holy city and appeared unto many – I pray that you start living a righteous and holy life; and that you also start appearing in unexpected areas where you have been ruled out, in the mighty name of Jesus.
· When He rose, Jesus told His disciples not to be afraid (Matthew 28:10)
There is a song which says:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know, He holds the future
And life is worth a living, just because He lives.
And according to II Timothy 1:7, God has not given us the spirit of fear.
I pray that the resurrection of Jesus will drive away every doubt and every fear that had been tormenting your life – in the mighty name of Jesus.
· When He rose, He told His disciples that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him (Matthew 28:18). He then gave them a great commission and promised them that He will be with them always, to the very end of the age. Authority is power delegated legally, to command and give orders, expecting them to be obeyed, else there will be punishment. I pray that from now going forward, you will exercise the authority that was given to you by Jesus (Mark 16:15-18)
Have a blessed Tuesday.